The church is (often) crap

Not all churches, obviously. But I’m routinely amazed that millions of people listen to these people.

For example—gay marriage. Our planet is melting. Starvation grips much of Africa. The Middle East is a bastion of immoral behavior. On and on and on. Yet gay marriage—gay friggin’ marriage—is the big issue? People tend to debate gay marriage itself, without thinking a tad outside the box. Namely, why are we even talking about this right now? Any church worth its salt says, “OK, we don’t approve. But right now we’ve got 8,000 more pressing things to deal with. We’ll get back to you.”

Second, climate change. I’m waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting for a preacher or rabbi or … anyone to step forward and say, “God created the earth—and we’re destroying it.” I mean, where are the so-called holy voices here? How can they waste their time with so many inanities while ignoring the pressing problem of our generation? The survival of the planet?

This might be my biggest problem with the farce that is (often) organized religion: Churches set the agendas, and their agendas are laughable.

OK, I feel better.

8 thoughts on “The church is (often) crap”

  1. Jeff, I think one of the big mistakes we ALL make is assuming that the loudest members of a specific group speak for everyone. I’m the preacher at a little Midwestern church of 150 people, and in the eight years I’ve been here, the only mention of gay marriage has been to discuss how we can show love, grace, and compassion to those who disagree with us. And if you’re waiting for someone to ‘step forward’ and say the world God gave us is being destroyed, well, we’ve done that too.

    And we’re not remotely unique. Most Christians I know (and I know a lot) are normal people who love Jesus and try to live accordingly.

    Your point is correct – the agendas of the churches that get the most mainstream media attention are laughable. But they don’t represent that vast majority of Christians, in this, or any country. And for the record, these comments can be applied to every post I’ve ever seen you put up about Christianity.

  2. I think churches have every right to comment on gay marriage as “most” people get married in a church and by a preacher. Since it is currently against the law for 2 people of the SAME sex to be married, the only “debate” is whether or not to legalize it. Since this legal decision impacts a church (where the marriage will be performed) they have every right to comment on their opinions about the debate. Think about it, the church can greatly profit from this as there will be more marriages. But they do not agree with it and there for place their values much higher than an opportunity to make more ca$h.

  3. Yes Churches have a right to say who they will marry, if people want a religious service. But they shouldn’t have a say over a civil service.

  4. I’m a man of faith.
    You know my viewpoints.
    Speaking of which, a Hammerhead shark head showed up on the beach in Seattle.
    The Hammerhead is a tropical species.
    The snow is an expected result of global warming as more moisture is brought into the atmosphere. Global warming is worldwide, weather is local. Weird weather is caused by the changes in the world climate.

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